appointment television

n. (thanks, Karen)

  1. Television shows you regularly make time to watch, as opposed to television you watch in extra time or while channel surfing.

Word Spy says appointment television can still be timeshifted, but on the face of it, I would expect the value of timeshifting appointment television is lower than normal tv. Appointment television comprises shows with watercooler value. Any show you’ve heard in the sentence, “Are you watching __?” probably tends to be appointment television. Timeshifting makes conversations about appointment tv more like discussions of recent books, unlike the more rigid showings and event tv of the past when you’d have to wait for a show to be rerun to catch up.

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